Nicene Creed, God is Almighty, and God is within us

In Deuteronomy 30:1-14 we read, “This Mitzvah which I command you this day, it is not too hard for you, nor is it far off. It is not in sky, that you say: ‘Who shall go up for us to the sky, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’ It is not beyond the sea, that you say: ‘Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’ The word touches you; it is in your mouth, and in your heart, that you do it.

God is not at a distance, but he is within us, if we but look

Romans 10: 6-10 says, “The charity that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will go up into the sky?’ (that is, to bring Christ down) or ‘Who will go down into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” What does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith that we preach.

We look for the power of God, not up there in heaven or the glare of the morning sun, but down here, in the eyes of our neighbor, in the suffering, the joy of the person in front of us. If we think the hurricane winds and the blowing snow, or the fires of the great volcanoes are powerful, how much more the great force behind them.

John 20 is the story of doubting Thomas. We read that Thomas, the one called the twin was not with them when Jesus came to them after his resurrection. The other Talmudim told him, “We have seen Kyrie.” Jesus told them, “If I do not myself in the hands of him the blow of the nails and throw my fingers into the blow of the nails and throw my hands into his rib (The Greek word is Pleurisy) I will not believe…” Jesus told him, “You see me and believe?” Blessed are those who do not see me and believe.”

Doubting Thomas’ twin is each of us. We must also carry our hand over to Jesus, thrusting our hand into his rib. When do we see Jesus walking through doors and saying “Peace be to you?” St. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 11:27-28 “Whenever you eat the bread and drink the cup of Kyrie unworthily, you are liable to the body and the blood of Kyrie. A man should assay himself as he tests metal, then eat from the bread and drink from the cup.”

To do this we must feel the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This is not a matter of dogma or doctrine. Dogma and doctrine cannot feel anything. Either the presence of Jesus pulses through your veins or it does not. This feeling of the presence is the essence of true religion.

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